Creativity is a lifestyle for me, not an action. This month I’m exploring twenty-six quirky ways I keep my creativity flowing.
Being a life-long learner is something my family has always been big on – in fact it’s one of company’s core values. As an author I’ve found learning to be incredibly inspiring. Studying different cultures, time periods, ways of life, thought processes, and breakthroughs fill my brain with more creativity than I know how to properly harness at this time.
This year I’ve been doing a weekly series on my blog where I “visit” a different country (chosen at random) each week. I’ve learned an amazing amount of cool facts and interesting cultural history. It’s crazy how my knowledge of the world has expanded and how much I’ve discovered by simply investing five or so hours each week into studying the people groups and countries around me. The series has been so much fun, but also a challenge.
For several years now I’ve had a goal to spend at least five hours a week learning (that’s generally a low number – except for weeks like this one when I’m focused on editing and visiting people). I enjoy listening to podcasts, reading non-fiction, studying various subjects, watching documentaries, and researching the writing craft and various subjects I need to know about to write authentically. I also attend conferences, carry on conversations with people far wiser than me, learn from my own mistakes, and strive to continually grow. It’s not always easy, but it’s nearly always worth-while.
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What are some ways you enjoy being a life-long learner?